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Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe

This Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe is easy to make and has a ton of hot, cheesy flavor. A great weeknight meal recipe!

This Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe is easy to make and has a ton of hot, cheesy flavor. A great weeknight meal recipe!

So Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi happened today, one of those accidental recipes. I spent the day working and realized that I was starving after the time for breakfast and lunch had both passed. Open pantry door, see nothing of interest, go to the refrigerator, nothing there either, then back to pantry…I know you’ve been there.

I’m just thankful that gnocchi is shelf-stable and that I keep it on hand at all times, just for emergencies such as this.

My go-to gnocchi recipe is typically to quickly cook the gnocchi then toss with garlic, Parmesan and olive oil but I was in the mood for something different. It was so darn cold and rainy here today and I knew that nothing less than something steaming hot and comforting would do. Even though I was busy with a deadline I knew I had to come up with a “real” gnocchi recipe.

This Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe is easy to make and has a ton of hot, cheesy flavor. A great weeknight meal recipe!

This gnocchi recipe is basically homemade macaroni and cheese with gnocchi instead of noodles. Which, dare I say, I prefer? It’s unAmerican, I know. But I’d also choose a brat over a hot dog and flourless chocolate cake instead of apple pie so the damage is already done.

I have another homemade gnocchi recipe that I make from time to time, although the packaged version seems almost as good so I usually go that route. It’s just so easy and good – not many shelf-stable products can claim that.

Here you’ll just make a quick roux, add some cream and cheese then toss it in the oven. The payout is huge, too…it’s creamy and soft and gooey and flavorful, just like a cold, rainy day dish should be.

This Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe is easy to make and has a ton of hot, cheesy flavor. A great weeknight meal recipe!

Cheesy Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Soft, pillowy gnocchi all hot and cheesy!


  • 2 lb gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 3 cups shredded cheese, divided (cheddar or a milder Mexican blend)
  • coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet. Add garlic cloves and saute over medium heat for 1-2 minutes (do not brown garlic, turn heat down if necessary). Whisk in flour until thick, cook for another 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly. Slowly add evaporated milk, then half & half, whisking constantly, until no lumps remain and mixture is thickened and bubbling. Stir in 2 cups shredded cheese until incorporated.
  4. Place cooked gnocchi in a baking dish. Add cheese mixture and combine thoroughly. Sprinkle remaining cup of shredded cheese over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 730Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 565mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 26g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

Kristy Bernardo
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Saturday 11th of March 2023

Stupid question, is it 1 and a half cups of half and half or just a half cup? I didn’t want to mess anything up and where you put one in front of the 5oz can I just wanted to make sure if it was only a half cup of half and half or actually 1 and a half.

Heidi Deal

Monday 28th of August 2023

A 5 ounce can of evaporated milk and a cup and a half of half and half. :-)


Thursday 15th of August 2019

Soooo good, would make again! A few things... I used our local store Wegmans Italian Classics Potato Gnocchi 12 oz package so should have paid closer attention to the amount of evaporated milk, didn’t realize that there is a 5 oz can?? So with the milk as well added, the recipe made way too much cheese sauce for the amount of gnocchis. I used a mix of Fontina, White Cheddar and Parm cheeses.


Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Oops! I bought evaporated milk- but was about double the size! Used less half and half and turned out great still.. So yummy!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

So glad you like it! This is one of my favorites since gnocchi is shelf stable and I can throw it together so fast. My girls love it, too. Thanks for the comment! Cheers :)


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Do you use 1 or 2 16 oz packages of gnocchi? Can't wait to make for dinner tonight on this chilly night

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Hi Shannon, I use 2 pounds of gnocchi, so that's two 16-ounce packages. Hope you enjoy it and stay warm!

Michelina Tarasyuk

Friday 30th of October 2015

Hi I was wondering if you could substitute milk in for the half & half?? Sorry if that's a stupid question, I don't regularly cook and will be preparing this for my friends and want it to turn out okay!


Kristy Bernardo

Friday 30th of October 2015

Hi Michelina, not a stupid question at all! Half and half will work fine in this recipe. I hope you and your friends enjoy it! Cheers :)

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